Mesa Police Arrest Child Molestation Suspect

January 10, 2011

Brandon JonesOn January 7, 2011, the Mesa Police Department arrested Brandon K. Jones (shown here in photo) in connection with numerous child sexual misconduct crimes, including Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The victim in this case is a 5-year-old male.

Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had contacted the Mesa Police Department with a potential child molestation and child pornography case. HSI is currently working a complex child pornography investigation and part of their investigation is based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Their investigation showed there was a suspect in Mesa that might have ongoing access to a child and was producing homemade child pornography. ICE agents provided Mesa PD investigators with graphic child pornography videos of a small child being molested.

Detectives were able to identify the suspect as 26-year-old Brandon Jones of Mesa. The victim and his mother were contacted at their residence as detectives prepared to execute a search warrant. During the service of the search warrant, items were located that matched items seen in the child pornography videos involving the victim. During an initial search of Jones' laptop computer, child pornography was located, including the homemade child pornography videos of Jones molesting the victim. While detectives were conducting their search of the residence, Brandon Jones returned to the home and was taken into custody. During a custodial interview, Jones confessed to molesting the victim and videotaping the crime.

"The arrest of Brandon Jones should serve as a warning to those who would prey on the innocent children in our communities," Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead stated. "Investigating those who victimize our children will remain a top priority of the Mesa Police Department. This arrest was made possible by the collaboration between local law enforcement and our Federal law enforcement partners."

"Within a matter of hours, HSI agents in Massachusetts identified a potential victim in Arizona and notified my agents here in Phoenix. Thanks to quick efforts by the Mesa Police Department, this child was rescued from a very dangerous situation," said Matt Allen, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Phoenix. "By working together on initiatives such as the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, law enforcement agencies across the United States have created a team effort to protect our children from predators."

Brandon Jones was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor and 4 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

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